28 Mar

Berlin Bound

Berlin Half runners

Around 30,000 competitors will pound the German capital's pavements on Sunday (30 March) for the 34th Berlin Half Marathon. Those competitors include Kenyan, Leonard Komon, who is making his half marathon debut at the event and says he's hoping for a sub-60 performance.

The Kenyan slashed 17 seconds from the world 10km record in 2010 with 26:44, and he followed this up by lowering Haile Gebrselassie's world 15km record by nine seconds to 41:13 a few months later. He also ran the fastest 10km ever on German soil with 27:12 in Berlin four years ago, and his lifetime best for 10-miles of 44:27 remains the second fastest of all-time.

Komon's main rivals include his teammate and sub-60 performer Daniel Chebii and Abera Kuma from Ethiopia.

Like its marathon counterpart, the Berlin Half route is fast and flat. Starting and finishing on Karl-Marx-Allee, a monumental socialist boulevard in the eastern part of Berlin, the course passes several landmarks including grand buildings on the Unter den Linden boulevard, the Brandenburg Gate, the vast Tiergarten Park, the Berlin Victory Column, the magnificent Charlottenburg Palace, and the Kurfürstendamm Boulevard.